While the notion of the music festival has nearly become stale considering the rise and fall of innumerable festivals each year, Movement Electronic Music Festival has achieved major recognition as a festival in a league of its own. Having earned its stripes as one of the top events in the world, Movement saw an all-time high in its 2015 attendance with over 100,000 revelers descending upon Hart Plaza. 2015 also saw the famed techno festivals’ international debut, which took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico in November.
Now, in addition to making its first foray into Eastern Europe with Movement Croatia in July, the 10-year anniversary of the Detroit-based brand is slated to be a momentous affair. With seminal German group Kraftwerk at the helm, Dubfire’s Live:Hybrid show and an OWSLA showcase, the 2016 edition of Movement is certain to cater to the pickiest of electronic music fans. After re-launching under Paxahau Events in 2006, the annual underground electronic music festival seeks to celebrate its 10 years of life in the biggest way yet. Below we present the five can’t-miss acts of Movement Electronic Music Festival.
Often paired up with fellow Innervisions labelmate and co-owner Dixon, German outfit Ame is a solid duo in their own right. Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann have been in the game since 2003, and if it weren’t for their efforts, the world may have never been exposed to the talents of up-and-comers Frankey & Sandrino, Agoria and Recondite, among many others.
When / Where: Sunday, May 29 at 9:00pm – Beatport Stage
Few compare to the finesse of Berlin-based pair Tale of Us. Matteo Milleri and Carmine Conte spread their German brand of indelibly emotional electronic music in ways that never fails to leave fans yearning for more. From dark, plunging productions to more abstract and ambient compositions, Tale of Us are arguably the quintessential underground dance duo of the moment.
When / Where: Sunday, May 29 at 10:00pm – Beatport Stage
Unveiled at ADE nearly two years ago, Dubfire’s live show concept, ‘dubfire: liveHYBRID’ is an experimental combination of 2D and 3D animation effects that both reflecte and respond to the show’s live audio. Described as a “fusion of physical expression” with top-of-the-line dynamic a/v solutions, Live Hybrid revolves around the interwoven theme of science and technology for a cutting-edge display, making for one of Movement’s most captivating audiovisual sets to date.
When / Where: Sunday, May 29 at 10:45pm – Main Stage
Anja Schneider solidified her rightful place in the electronic music realm in the early 90s, marking her territory as a producer for KissFM radio and later as a persona for Fritz Radio. Highly regarded as a dance music veteran, Anja’s claim to fame was the introduction of her “Dance Under the Blue Moon” radio show which, to this day, stands as one of Germany’s most popular series in the world.
When / Where: Monday, May 30 at 5:00pm – Main Stage
Russian techno queen Nina Kraviz is best known for infusing her warehouse-ready sets with a sleek mixture of acid house and techno. The rising star – easily one of electronic music’s breakthrough names within the last five years – has undoubtedly become one of the most in-demand underground artists as of late. Having stuck to her musical guns since day one, there is no stronger inspiration than Nina’s unrelenting attitude and burgeoning repertoire.
When / Where: Monday, May 30 at 10:00pm – Underground Stage